Last night my husband and I enjoyed an unheard of mid-week date night in the City to attend a soft-opening of a new installation at a gallery. Yes, this may have been a bold move, even for me. Heading to bed well past my bedtime on a weeknight is not a good idea. But we did it, and it was great.
Rewind to about 11 years ago. I was living in the City. I was living paycheck to paycheck, and having the time of my life — just as any recent college grad should. My friend Beth and I met a crew of guys from Marin who also recently graduated and were figuring things out too. They were fun. We had a blast. Then we all moved on. I moved to Mexico for a few months, then down to Santa Cruz. I would run into one of the guys, Will, in Santa Cruz, as he had relocated there for a little while too. Over the years I would also run into Ian, who for many years was a struggling artist making ends meet as a bartender.
Fast-forward to today and Ian is now a well-known artist (he’s done a few murals at Facebook HQ, as the Zuckerbergs really took to him) and he now owns his own gallery, Ian Ross Gallery — the one we went to last night. Meanwhile Will is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his Marin surf shop, ProofLab… and what better way to celebrate the big anniversary than with an installation at Ian’s gallery! We saw some great pieces (some we may have fallen in love with), so check it out if you’re up that way.
These two guys are an inspiration. They remind me to do good and follow my fancy. They did it and they are proof that with dedication and LOTS of elbow grease, anything is possible. Will is doing some amazing things at ProofLab and is very community focused — which I love. I’m so stoked for him and proud of both of these guys.
Lesson of the day: Good things come to those who work their asses off.